Retro Gaming 10’s- J-Stars Victory VS: (2014)

J-Stars Victory VS was a game that was developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Bandi Namco Entertainment which came out back in ’14. J-Stars Victory VS was such a big deal because it included some of the most iconic anime/manga characters from the Shonen Jump series. J-Stars Victory VS saw characters from multiple anime’s including Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, Fist Of North Star, Hunter x Hunter, JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure and other franchises all in one game which was like a dream come true for many people. J-Stars Victory VS was initially released for the PlayStation 3 along with the PSVita before the VS+ version was released for the PS4 back in 2015. J-Stars Victory VS was a game that looked beautiful visually and had impressive 3D gameplay; in addition to a multiplayer story mode that players could sink their teeth into. The story mode for J-Stars Victory VS known as “J-Adventure” consisted of four different arcs including Dynamic, Hope, Investigation and Pursuit. J Stars Victory VS also consisted of game modes including “Victory Road” in addition to a free battle mode which could be played offline with up to four different players.

As exciting and fun as J-Stars Victory VS was the game mainly revived average reviews from publications: mainly because as it good as J-Stars Victory VS was it could have been better. While the storyline for J-Stars Victory VS was intriguing some argue that it felt bland and somewhat generic in comparison to Jump Force from 2018. The argument could be made that J-Stars Victory VS could have benefited from more offline multiplayer game modes which could have added to its overall replay value. While J-Star Victory VS was a fun fighting game from the mid 10’s it had a lot competition within that genre around that particular time period. Between ’14-’17 we saw a variety of high profile fighting games such as King Of Fighters XIV, Dragonball Xenoverse, Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear Xrd and Mortal Kombat X that definitely overshadowed J-Stars Victory VS. If J-Stars Victory VS was released sometime between ’10-’12 its quite possible that the game would have been more successful from a sales standpoint than it ended up being in ’14-’15.

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